Sega Pulling Sonic 1 and 2 from Wii Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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(ED. NOTE: We apologize for any confusion or anger regarding the original article. It has been edited to reflected the proper information.)

Sonic the Hedgehog

According to Famitsu, Sega is going to be removing Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from the Wii Shop Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade on Friday October 30th. This means that if you want to get them, now is your very last chance! While, there is no direct confirmation, the removal of these games from Wii Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade is expected to be a global move by Sega, not something that is only happening in Japan.

It should also be noted that both Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 have enhanced versions available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, should you happen to have a Nintendo 3DS in your collection.

This brings us to the question of why Sega would be doing this in the first place. An obvious answer would be that perhaps they are preparing to release the enhanced versions on these platforms. If not, then there wouldn’t seem to be all that much point in removing the games from the online shops on these systems.

Either way, you may want to grab these games before they’re pulled off of these platforms and become unavailable, especially if you’re a fan of them. Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the franchises that I grew up with, along with other big names like Mario, Metroid, and Zelda. I played the Sega Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog games quite a lot back in those carefree days. Hopefully this move is in preparation for bringing the enhanced versions of these games to the Wii U and Xbox One platforms, but for now, all we can do is hope this is the case and wait to see what Sega does next.

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  • Jonah Rosen

    Now hypothetically, if they are removing these BECAUSE they’re replacing them with the enhanced versions, the question is this: 3DS enhanced versions or Taxman’s enhanced versions? Personally, I hope for the latter.

    Also, will they do this for the PSN as well?

  • Ragunaxl

    Sonic 1, Sonic 2, and Sega Genesis, including.it’s entire library of gamesis NOT available for the Wii U Virtual Console. Hoax?

    • Steve Baltimore

      The writer made a mistake to start with and it has since been corrected. Sorry about that.